BY JOHN ACE
Liverpool won their last match of the season by a final score of 1-0 over the relegated QPR. For Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, this was his last game as a footballer, having announced his retirement from the game earlier in the season.
The match was enjoyed by a great crowd of at least 25 Liverpool fans at Madra Rua, where, at the end of the match, we enjoyed a fine round of Carragher’s signature chant, “A Team Of Carraghers” to the tune of the iconic Beattles song, “Yellow Submarine.”
It was an emotional goodbye to the man who’s spent all of his 17 year career with Liverpool. Despite him being 35, which is old in terms of football, he has always been known for giving his all on the pitch, laying down all the effort he could, and wearing his heart on his sleeve, which endeared him greatly to Liverpool and even general soccer fans alike.
“You always know what you get with Jamie…” said Jon Riches, who was delighted by Carragher’s performance, and the team’s performance overall. “He’s 35, and the players out there today were all a lot younger than him, but he always gives us 110 percent and instead of playing as if he’s 35, he played like he was 23 or 24, which he’ll be remembered for for years to come.”
There was also a professional debut today, for 17 year old winger Jordon Ibe, who got the assist that led to a Phillipe Coutinho goal. After a good first half, with good touches and the assist, and a decent first 20 minutes of the second, he was substituted on 64 minutes for striker Fabio Borini.
As the season is over, and we were happy with our result on the final day, some of the locals took time to look forward to the always enjoyable summer transfer window, and what may lie ahead for the club as a whole.
“I think Brendan Rodgers has had an okay first season,” explains Laurel Lotterhos, who remains optimistic, “We’ve been a bit inconsistent, a bit up and down at times, but the intensity is there, the team work is there, and over time, I think we’ll grow into the team we want to be”
As we look toward summer, and potential signings, this is what Jeremy Micka had to say: “Well, we need a new defender, I think Martin Skrtel may be on his way out, with Sebastian Coates and Pepe Reina maybe joining him. But I would also like to see maybe Christian Eriksen come in from Ajax, but it looks like he might be headed elsewhere.”
All in all, today was a good day for the guys and gals at Madra Rua, and the win left everyone involved with Liverpool with a good taste in their mouths as the season ends. As a legend departs in the form of Jamie Carragher, it’ll be hard to replace a guy of his quality, passion, and all-around mind for the game, but Liverpool are Liverpool, and the show must go on.